The Newsletter October 2017    
           


The Theme this month in Religious Education and Worship is Spiritual Growth



NUUC Annual Autumn Ritual

NUUC Autumn Ritual
November 1, 2017, 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to our community-wide autumn ritual, an earth-centered celebration of final harvest, apple fest, and the magic of autumn. We'll honor our ancestors and prepare for winter with seasonal poetry, ritual, and music. Hot mulled cider and bonfire to follow the service.  Please let your neighbors and friends know!

Adult Enhancement News

Mindful Writing, which meets at NUUC at 6:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, will have its October meeting as usual, on Oct. 16.  We have decided not to get together during the busy months of November and December but to start anew in January.
 
The Women's Group has been planning good times recently.  On Monday, September 18, they had an "Early Harvest Supper" at the church and appreciated the turning of the year.  In October, in lieu of their regular third-Monday-of-the month evening meeting, the women will have a   "Retreat/Slumber Party" at Marty Keith's house on October 27.  In November (Nov. 20) they will begin to discuss Yaa Gyasi's novel, Homegoing, about the lives of two African sisters and their descendants.
 
Coming soon-probably in January!  Dick Leavy will lead, and others will help facilitate, a "Spiritual Autobiography" exploration.  More details to follow!

Silent Auction Bake Sale Coming! 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
November 19 our Youth will be hosting a Silent Auction Bake sale - we'll be asking you to put your aprons on to donate baked goods, and of course to buy some as well!  More information to come next month!  :-)






  
GREAT NEWS from your Steering Committee

The NUUC Steering Committee has an important and exciting update to share with you about our progress.  As you know, NUUC is in the process of exploring the possibility of expanding our building to better allow us to live out our congregational mission. 

We are pleased to announce that on our recommendation, the Board has hired Dave Kerr, Architect to work with us on designing a building that will support our mission.  This fall he will begin the Assessment/Programming phase of the project.  This will be comprised of interviews with a few groups of congregants to discuss needs of the congregation and their thoughts about church expansion.  He and his colleague, Cara Hering, will also assess our current building, do research on future local development, such as Evans Farm and conduct a review of planning and zoning code requirements.  At the conclusion of this phase he will issue a report to the Steering Committee.  The Committee, in turn, will share conclusions with the congregation.

Our second announcement is that, after interviewing four financial fe
asibility consultants this summer, the Steering Committee recommended, and the Board concurred, that we hire Barry Finkelstein from Stewardship 4 Us.  The purpose of a feasibility study is to learn about the financial health of a congregation and its readiness to support a capital campaign. 

The first step in Barry's process is a "Next Steps Weekend" (NSW).  This is, in his words, "an intense yet quick on-site assessment of the congregation, the building plans, current and projected finances, and leadership and stewardship infrastructure, to determine how best to proceed."

Our NSW is currently scheduled for the weekend of December 1.  Barry will conduct interviews on Friday and Saturday and then present the results during our Sunday worship service.  Those results will include a set of recommendations and timeline of how to proceed with our project. That presentation will be followed by a comprehensive report submitted to the Steering Committee, which will share the conclusions with the congregation.

As you can see, with the architect and feasibility consultant both beginning the first phases of their work for us, Fall at NUUC is going to be busy and exciting! We invite you to think about your goals, desires, and dreams for NUUC.  As always, we are happy to hear from anyone who has questions, concerns, or ideas.  The committee can be reached at:  steering@nuuc.org

Steering Committee Members:

Allison Fagan, Chair                                        Rod Myers
Teri Cornell                                                    Lauren Richards
Chris Jones-Leavy                                            John Rodeheffer
Richard Leavy

Social Justice News

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING ON SUNDAY, October 8, 2017:
Our Loose Change Offering for October will be donated to UU Justice Ohio, a statewide action network for the 38 UU congregations in Ohio.  UUJO's mission is to organize justice seekers statewide: to promote education, service, and advocacy consistent with UU principles; and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.  To learn more about UUJO and current social justice issues, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUJusticeOhio or website https://www.uujo.org/.

UUJO ANNUAL JUSTICE ASSEMBLY 2017: "Strength for the Journey: Expanding Our Skills, Engaging Our Spirits", Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH  43015.Registration is on a sliding scale from $25 to $60, and includes lunch.  Keynote - "Resistance!: The Holy No!" - Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Edington.  Workshops include presentations by Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie and Rev. Joan Van Becelaere.  For more information see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or visit the UUJO website at https://www.uujo.org/#.  
 
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to 7:45 PM on Sunday, October 22nd. If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering, please contact Michael Greenman, Moderator of the IACO Social Justice Task Force, at  mgreenmanoh@gmail.com. For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch.
 
HELP WANTED - HOLIDAY FAMILY 2017:  We need suggestions for a recipient of our Holiday Family giving as well as one or more volunteers to organize/coordinate this event. 
 
UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE:  Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage.  The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights.  Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community. 

REPURPOSING PLASTIC BAGS: Sometimes we forget to bring our reusable bags to the store and end up with plastic bags.  Now you can donate your plastic bags to the Ohio Reformatory for Women where inmates are making sleeping mats for homeless people. The Vineyard, a Columbus church, distributes the mats to homeless people living in camps through its urban ministry program. Crocheting the mats gives the women purpose and meaningful activity by teaching them they can take care of someone else and the Earth.  You can leave your plastic bags in the designated bin next to the office in Fellowship Hall.
DONATING YARN AND SCRAPS OF MATERIAL FOR HORIZON PRISON INITIATIVE: Some of the women in Horizon are working on service projects including knitting or crocheting items for charitable groups or making quilts and children's clothes.   They greatly appreciate donations of yarn, scraps of material, patterns, or craft items that you no longer need.  

Treasurer's Report

for the month of August 2017
Roots & Wings balance as of August 31, 2017....$30,080.00.  The board has approved up to $10k for architecture fees to be paid from this fund.
August Loose Change Collection - Delaware County Juvenile Probation School Supplies.....$413.43

The grand total collected for School Supplies................................................................................$784.56
 
Financial Snapshot thru August 31, 2017:
                                                                                 

P ledges and Other Revenues                      
YTD Actual:  124,943.62    YTD Budget: 112,033.34                    Difference: 12,910.28

Expenses                                                             
YTD Actual:  110,133.56      YTD Budget: 115,016.63                            Difference:  4,883.07

Net Income (Loss)                                              
YYD Actual:  14,810.06       YTD Budget -2,983.29                
Difference:   17,793.35

If you have any questions about the financials, please send an email to Treasurer@nuuc.org


Diane Conley, Treasurer